I am looking forward to starting the online ‘Advanced Strategic Project Management’ course, part of the Master Certificate in Project Management offered by Villanova University.  I am undertaking this course courtesy of Arras People who have offered the course in return for a series of articles documenting my experience and views of the course. 

At a high level the course covers:

  • Understand the role of strategic planning in project management
  • Learn effective project planning and tracking
  • Optimize project management practices
  • Learn effective selection, management and evaluation of project managers within the organization
  • Understand risk management and minimization techniques

The course covers a wide range of topics, including:

Introduction to Strategic Project Management

  • Using Project Management Strategically
  • Strategically Aligning the Project Management Function
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Operational Planning
Dynamics of Project Management

  • Project Management Maturity Models
  • The ROI of Project Management
  • Project Management Office
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • Leading Change
Optimizing Project Results

  • Critical Chain Project Management
  • Managing Multiple Projects
  • Portfolio Management
  • Advanced Cost Management
  • Strategic Project Issues
  • Tactical Project Issues
  • Critical Resources
Best Practices in Project Management

  • Best Practices
  • Quality and Continuous Improvement
  • Advanced Risk Management Techniques
  • Cultural Considerations in Project Management
  • The Future of Project Management


Villanova University collaborates with the University Alliance to offer online certificate programs through the Division of Part-Time and Continuing Studies and an online HR master’s degree through the Department of Graduate Studies, building upon the university’s tradition of academic excellence. University Alliance is the nation’s largest exclusive e-learning provider of degree and certificate programs from regionally accredited universities, with over 300,000 enrollments to date.